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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 8663 7228
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court.Home to Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct. A ticket to the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.

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slot of interesting history and walking around the cells is an eye opener! Staff really really helpful and obviously love their jobs, did the guard tower and thus was so much fun... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

slot of interesting history and walking around the cells is an eye opener! Staff really really helpful and obviously love their jobs, did the guard tower and thus was so much fun being locked up for a crime. Kids with other groups loved this, a must doe Melbourne!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the first bit of the tour which is in the remand centre. Good fun informative guide. Gaol itself is self guided but they did have a talk but wasn't advertised just adhoc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been to a lot of prisons, and this is a favorite. We spent several hours here, not only to check out the many cells, but also the gallows and the death masks and all the personal stories. Most cells had a story of an inmate to tell, along with a death mask created after their executions. It was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very good place to visit we were lucky that when we were visiting a short play about Ned Kelly was being enacted and was very entertaining and interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a nice tour, especially the night tour with an actor acting as a hangman is authentic and somehow also scary. you get an good insight in 19th century prison life, only the price (38$) is too high!

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Standard jail visit. They have a couple of interesting bits about Ned Kelly etc. but a majority of the cells are empty.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

tl;dr -- If you have the time, I highly recommend the Old Goal and the City Watch House. I spent a morning here exploring and learning a bit more about Melbourne's history. The Old Melbourne Goal is a museum about a 20-25 min walk north of Flinders Station. The Old Goal is three floors; each floor covers a different part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the gaol. It was really interesting reading about the prisoners. We went to the police station afterwards and took part in a mock arrest where we were shown how prisoners were dealt with. Loved it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good visit to Old Gaol. Well set up with good displays and interpretive boards in old cells on various levels. Staff very helpful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great tourist attraction beginning with being arrested as a first thing...! Really invaluable tourist site if in Melbourne, really good tour guides and worth the effort.

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